So I had mentioned before that I do not watch television, which is a true statement. I don’t. I am a cord-cutter (or cord-neverer you could say as technically I mooched off my parents cable subscription). I don’t have cable or even basic channels, but I do have an internet connection.
With that internet connection, I have the option of using Netflix. To be honest, there is still not a lot on Netflix that I watch as per my previous post, I’d rather just read about it.
But Netflix is a billion dollar company making some pretty big moves in the entertainment space with launches of huge originals that tie into bigger franchises (*ahem* talking about the Marvel universe here).
And while I may not watch a lot, here’s a short list of the Netflix originals that I have actually watched:
Don’t act like you haven’t heard of Stranger Things. This science fiction show has been nominated and has won several industry awards for its amazing storytelling and characters. Set in the 1980s, the show follows a diverse set of characters that all converge once supernatural and terrifying occurrences start happening in a small sleepy town. Recommended! But not at night…by yourself…no.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
I was initially very conflicted when this re-boot was announced. I had watched the entire original series run when it was on WB/CW and I cherished it greatly (up until the last season in which I wanted to riot). The announcement was pretty cryptic and I honestly didn’t know where they were going to take the storyline. Suffice to say, I marathoned it the day that it came out and was SO DISAPPOINTED WITH THE ENDING. People fell on both sides, but I felt cheated…once again. We’ll see if this was just a ploy to get a spin-off series going.
Marvel’s Daredevil & Marvel’s Jessica Jones
I lumped these two together because…Marvel. But the two characters and their storylines are actually very different. We get to see the complex relationships these ‘heroes’ have with other characters in the universe. The action is raw and realistic. Daredevil actually does get tired and Jessica Jones is not invincible. These are two really great entries into the Marvel Universe. Also, I’m a super fan of David Tennant (where my Doctor Who fans at?!), so that helped.
I put this on the list, but I actually only watched the first episode in full. It was painful. I can’t. The original series is something I can watch over and over again because of the nostalgia factor, but I can’t reconcile the 90s humor with this modern age. Give it a shot though! Lots of people still liked it enough that the series is continuing.
Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City
Currently watching. It’s boring and fascinating at the same time. That’s the only way I can describe it. I haven’t gotten too deep into it yet so maybe there is more drama coming? Don’t know if I can stay consistent on this, but it’s basically the Real World in Japan.
Netflix Originals that I MIGHT watch, but haven’t yet:
A science fiction series about eight people that are mysteriously connected. The premise sounds fascinating and I’m a sucker for mysterious connections. I enjoy an ensemble cast as it typically keeps things interesting flipping through different perspectives. Highly recommended by some friends so might give it a try when I have some downtime.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
I read all the books way back in the day. They were depressing as hell. I was always thinking ‘WHYYYYYYYYYY DOES NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPEN?!’. But the story was interesting and I’m curious as to how Netflix has translated the quirky elements into a television series (especially Sunny, the baby wonder). Also, I love NPH so that helps.
I have not watched Luke Cage or Iron Fist (although apparently Iron Fist is one that I can pass on?), but the trailer for Defenders looked like a fun action packed adventure with some very mismatched personalities. I’m all for it!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I really don’t know anything about this show, but my friend showed me a clip of the cycling episode…right after we had gone to a Soul Cycle class. It was hilarious and has had me curious about the rest of the series ever since. The actual premise of the show is not something I would typically be interested in (woman who is re-discovering the world in a comedic way), but I’m willing to give it a shot.
Netflix picked up this British show for its 3rd season and I’ve heard great things from the people around me about it. The science fiction show dives deep into today’s society through the lens of technology. It is equal parts terrifying and eye-opening. Kind of scared to watch it, but all the teasers and episode descriptions I’ve read are pulling me in.
Master of None
Recommended by almost everyone I know. It feels like Aziz Ansari’s comedy-drama series has been everywhere in the media. I tried the first episode and it didn’t pull me in so I did not continue, but now I’m thinking I should give it another shot.
That’s it! Have you watched any of the above shows. What did you think of them?